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New Circle Book Arrived!

Yesterday, a helpful fellow at one of the local bookstores called to say that my copy of The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair had arrived.  This is the freshest offering from Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, co-founders of PeerSpirit circle methodology and two people I admire very much.  The Circle Way is a reference  to create circle-rooted gatherings in many settings — corporate, spiritual, community, small business, family, not-for-profit, and more.  It’s time to take the circle off the “new-age” shelf and get it into as many sections of the bookstore as possible.  We need this mode of being together everywhere.  Where can YOU plant the seeds of circle?

I recently took myself through a brief process from another circle book, The Circle Gathering Guide by Nuccia Morelli, in order to gain more personal clarity about a group that I attend and help to host/facilitate.  The process brought me to a point where I decided to carry out some agreements I drafted, even if others didn’t quite get them yet.  How heartening to be validated on page 33 of Christina and Ann’s book today and to read about how simply holding the agreements, practices, and principles of circle on one’s own — even without conscious knowledge by the others in the gathering — makes a difference.  It makes the others curious about what’s working for that one person in the group.  Then the deepening into circle process, agreements, etc. can happen with more (even all) on board.

I’m thrilled that this new text is finally out.  Congratulations to Ann and Christina for floating this marvellous text out into the world!

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Such a delicious day today.  I only need a tee shirt and light jacket.  The sun is so glorious, the woodpeckers are happily tapping nearby, and fuzzy sage-like buds are quivering on the magnolia trees.  Earth is coming back to life here in Southern Ontario.

I’ll be celebrating the Vernal Equinox in great tarotistic style.  On Saturday, March 20, four colleagues and I will offer workshops, a panel discussion, and prizes at an all-day tarot symposium right here in Toronto.  There’s still some room, so please register with me and join us for a fun and enlightening day of tarot learning and practice, regardless of how much or how little tarot background you have.  Topics include ethics for tarot reading, using hidden cards for richer insight, tarot as compassion-building tool, dialoguing with the more-than-human community with tarot, and gaining a hands-on deeper understanding of the court cards.

Today makes me think of the Ace of Wands in the Motherpeace Tarot: a baby bursts forth from a robin’s blue egg in a great flash of flame.  New life, new self, a sense of “awake and alive at last”!  What card comes to mind for YOU this joyful Spring day?

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Gold Medal Energy

I’m not generally a sports fan; however, even I was thrilled by yesterday’s win by the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team.  The excitement whooshed like a wave across Canada.  Downtown Toronto’s streets were filled to capacity with happy revellers waving maple leaf-emblazoned flags, honking horns, cheering, and high-fiving and hugging one another.  There were more Canadian flags in people’s hands, on people’s backs, hanging out of cars, and dangling out of windows than I’ve ever seen, even on Canada Day.  The gold medal energy was happy-making and that happiness was good to witness.  I thought to myself, “An entire nation in a state of celebration must be a good influence on the Earth and all her inhabitants.”  So, when I got home, I pulled a card from the Motherpeace Tarot, then another one to extend what I learned from the first.  Here’s the short reading I got:

  1. What positive energy or way of being has been generated by today’s Olympic eventsMoon, reversed.  A connection to our own wise inner selves that’s so deep and personal that it allows each of us to wade deeper into the guidance of the collective soul.
  2. How can we consciously maintain this connection and deep wading4 of Wands, upright.  Express our true selves out in the world and celebrate this authenticity in sacred play and joyous ritual.


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Hands On, Reiki On!

There are several components to a complete reiki practice, but what most people hear about is the hands-on healing aspect of it.  And this is a good thing.  Our bodyminds are concerned with their well-being.  Both body and psyche are always moving towards wholeness, towards equilibrium.  Even those off-kilter moments are often the body’s wisdom attempting to put things right.  What I love about the hands-on healing aspect of reiki is how simple it is.  Place hands on body, energy begins to flow.  My hands know where to go on me (and on clients) by perceived changes in temperature, tingling, a magnetic pull, or just a knowing.  The body will tell me when it has finished drawing in reiki in any particular spot.  No need to call in archangels, wear a certain colour, face a specific direction, or surround myself with 18 different crytals.  Hands on, reiki on.  It’s that simple.  Come and try it out sometime.  If you like it, maybe you’d like to learn it so you can treat yourself every day for the rest of your life.  Nice.

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We continue our recommendations for self-employed folks. 

Today’s kudos go to Business Mastery by Cherie Sohnen-Moe.  In its third revision, it’s a big, blue trade softcover book that’s loaded with everything one needs to create and maintain a successful practice.  While written by a massage therapy teacher and geared to people in the healing arts, people in many fields – helping, creative, etc. – will benefit.  I suggest that you begin at the beginning and fill in the pie-like chart to help you assess how balanced (or out of balance) the various components of your life are – very revealing.  You’ll learn how to get publicity instead of overpay for advertising, how to write and send a press release, check out legalities, design an attractive display ad, and so much more.  When I worked with Business Mastery, my tarot and reiki practices became more polished.  Win-win for my practice and those who benefit from it.

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Good Daily Questions

This morning, I was planning a workshop that I’ll be giving to a group here in Toronto next week (“Tarot for Empowerment”).  Part of it will be about creating a Card of the Day practice for oneself.   Many of us pull a card for the day, whether tarot, angel card, goddess card, or other tool such as crone stone or rune.  It helps to have a focus when using our insight tool, preferably a focus which educes the best in us for the day.  And even if you don’t use cards of any kind, you can use any of the questions below for personal reflection, journal writing, or positive motivation.  If a daily card isn’t practical for you, do a Card of the Week.  Simply change “today” to “this week” when you pose your question.

  • What do I most need to know or learn today?
  • How can I be of service to life today?
  • What is my most helpful resource today?
  • How can I succeed in every way today?
  • What nourishes and sustains me today?
  • How can my wisest, most loving self express itself today?

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We continue our list of supportive books for self-jobbers.

You’ll enjoy reading and working with Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara J. Winter.  She’s recently revised it to include more online/internet tips and how to make it through any economy.  Winter shows us how to take a passion or interest and turn it into successful and enjoyable self-employment.  Her sage advice ranges from why creativity is more important than capital, avoiding common pitfalls of self-employment, and developing multiple streams of income.

So, turn that hunger for tea sandwiches into an English afternoon tearoom.  Let people pay for your aptitude at tax-processing.  Transform your love of beautiful sacred sites into an altar-creation service.  Stop poring over people’s astrological charts for hours on end for free.  You get the idea!

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Many people ask me about getting into their own professional practice.  Whether your dreamjob is tarot consultant, dogwalker, astrologer, sculptor, life coach, caterer, massage therapist, events planner, or whatever, it helps to have some guidance.  Being a self-jobber (like me) is like having a job interview every day of your life.  I’ve decided to offer you a series of written resources (i.e. books) that I’ve found helpful on my journey as a self-employed visionary, helper, catalyser, etc. 

Today’s recommendation is The Medicine Woman’s Guide to Being in Business for Yourself by Carol Bridges.  Bridges’s premise is that all work can be like a shamanic practice — taking into account the well-being of ALL of life, not just our private practices.  Each chapter is based on a Major Arcana card from her Medicine Woman Tarot.  Every chapter builds on the previous one and ends with a helpful review/summary of what to integrate, what to do, and what success tool to acquire.  Examples:

From Chapter 5, “Peacemaker”. 

  • Five – Four walls plus you make a space you can rule.
  • Peacemaker – Make a space which is totally nourishing to yourself. Make all of the boundaries clear in a peaceful way.
  • Important Success Tool # 5 – Your private “office.”

From Chapter 9, “The Guide”.

  • Nine – Find nine others who preceded you on your path.
  • Guide – Choose one to listen to attentively.
  • Important Success Tool # 9 – Know when to be humble.

The activities are enjoyable AND they really work us to be honest, compassionate, discerning, and real.  Be ready to fill your notebook with insights and your calendar with deadlines to keep you on track.  You’ll cry a bit as you release outworn patterns of being and working and you’ll laugh a lot as you create work worth offering.  The Medicine Woman’s Guide to Being in Business for Yourself is a wholistic programme for your practice/business, no matter what it is.

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“Tarot for Relationships” Evening

Last night’s monthly tarot class, Tarot for Relationships, was deep and fun and rich.  We used the tarot as a feedback tool to explore all types of relating (intimate, professional, friends, family, etc.).  With various layouts and processes, we looked at how we might find & create specific new relationships, maintain or tweak current ones, and end or find closure around others.  My favourite activity of the evening was a dialogue between two cards (see the instructions below, after the reading).  At the end of the evening, my friend Gerald Parks offered all attendees a Oneness blessing.  Lovely!  I was so energised after teaching that I did a short reading with the Motherpeace Tarot to explore our Tarot for Relationships gathering:

  1. What good can come out of tonight’s class for the participants?  Son of Wands, uprightA more focused sense of who they are in the world and greater devotion to their self-expression.
  2. What good can come out of tonight’s class for me?  Son of Discs, tilted to the right (round cards!).  Deeper centredness/grounding and more dedication to my work.
  3. Which activity was most helpful to people in the class?  4 of Swords, reversedThe privately role-played dialogue/conversation between cards.
  4. In general, what purpose is served by the monthly tarot classes?  Empress, uprightThey provide an outlet for people’s instinct to offer love, caring, and support to one another.


Now, here’s an activity for you to try with your own tarot cards (or other insight tool).  Think about a particular relationship that you’re in.  Write down your names and the nature of your relationship.  From your face-up tarot deck, choose one card that most looks or feels like you and one card that most looks or feels like the other person.  Write down the card names and which card represents which person.

Place the two cards side by side.  Take time to be with the card images.  Notice how the figures in the two cards are interacting (or not).  Notice the colours, shapes, actions, settings, and so forth.  What do these tell you about your relationship?  Now switch the order of the two cards.  Again, notice the details.  What do they tell you about your relationship with the person?

Choose a topic that you feel is important for you and the other person to explore together.  Write it down.  Pick up the two cards, one in each hand.  Improvise a conversation between one card and the other about the topic.  Speak the parts aloud.  Speak a second conversation between the two characters from your most biased, “this is how I’d like the conversation to sound” point of view.  Then make up another dialogue from the other person’s most biased, “this is how they’d like the conversation to sound” point of view.  Lastly, speak the conversation as it’s most likely to sound realistically.  Write down any insights you’ve gained from this process.  It’s up to you whether or not you actually initiate the chat in real life.  Your personal understanding may be enough.

Please let us all know how this process goes for you.  The comments can help others to learn about their own process of relating with others.

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Keep the Web Vibrating

The past few days have been about reconnecting with terrific people.  Mylong-time singer/teacher friend Rosemary Kimberley and I reconnected after many years over her dad’s death.  I played the music for his memorial service (came out of musical semi-retirement).  Caught up with interfaith minister and life coach Barbara McDowell, whom I first met at a circle practicum with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea a year and a half ago.  Chatted on the ‘phone with Ferol Humphrey (in Dallas) and Nancy Antenucci (Minneapolis), both terrific, wise tarot people and dear hearts.

So many people touch our lives, and we theirs.  In the spirit of circle, it’s helpful to keep the web of connection vibrating so that we and they remember we’re/they’re not alone.  Are you thinking of someone?  Send them an email.  Call them on the ‘phone.  Mail them a card.  Poke them on Facebook.  Let the smooth, round stone of affection and memory cause the pond of interconnectedness to ripple.

A tarot card that draws my attention lately — in shuffling the deck, in dreaming about it, and in seeing it in shamanic journeys — is the 10 of Blades from the Daughters of the Moon Tarot.  A group is seated inside a teepee, holding council, listening carefully as one woman holds the talking piece and a rattle.  It’s her turn, and she knows that because she has the talking piece and that she’s in safe, sacred space, it’s OK to tell the story of what’s on her mind and in her heart.  In your web of connection, whom do you trust the most with the heartstory that’s foremost in your life right now?  Let them know.  Whose heartstory do you need to hear right now?  Listen deeply.  Keep the web vibrating!  Blessed be.

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